15 June 2020 – Andrew Shedlock, as the CEO of the DHS Foundation, is a well-known figure at Durban High School and in the school’s community. Before taking up his position in 2019, he enjoyed a successful career as an international waterpolo player before turning to cricket and making his mark as a coach on professional and schools’ level players alike.
As a young boy at DPHS, he excelled as a swimmer and represented Natal Schools in the pool in 1973 and 1974. He also had aspirations of success on the cricket field.
When it came time for high school, he moved to DHS where he continued swimming and playing cricket, which was a challenge at times. In a recent interview, he said: “In those days the swimming galas used to take place on a Saturday morning, so I, on the odd occasion, would go to a gala and swim (I was the number one swimmer in my age group), and from the gala I used to go to cricket matches. That happened in second form (grade 8) and third form (grade 9). In third form, I swam for Natal Schools.”
The following year, he was appointed captain of the DHS under-15 A cricket team, but then something occurred that was to have a huge impact on his life. He went to watch his brother playing a waterpolo match and when his brother’s team found themselves short of a player they asked Andrew to play. He did.
“Being swimming fit, it was fine. I jumped in the pool and I enjoyed the game and I said ‘this is me’. I had one or two cricket games left and I said ‘at the end of this I am giving up cricket’. I went and finished my cricket games.”
As the return of summer sports approached after winter, he started swimming again and told the waterpolo coach he wanted to play waterpolo. He was then selected for a Stayers tour of the Eastern Cape.
“Now, everything was flying and I was training and I understood that I was giving up cricket. The last week prior to the tour I was called into the Headmaster’s office, who was then the legendary Des ‘Spike’ Thompson.
“He turned around to me – and every time I go into that office now I have these visions of standing there in front of him – and from where I stood you could see the whole school from the windows, and he said to me ‘Shedlock, you are not allowed to give up cricket. The major sports at this school are cricket and rugby. They take preference and I am not allowing you to play waterpolo. I want you to go from office to the cricket practice (because I was captaining the under-15 A team at the time) and that is it! Don’t ask questions.
“I said, ‘but sir, I don’t have my cricket kit with me’. He said, ‘that’s fine. You go to waterpolo today. But when you come back in the fourth term, I expect you to play cricket’. I went from there to the waterpolo practice and went on the waterpolo tour. Then, when I came back in the fourth term, I said to the waterpolo coach, Mr Nico Lamprecht, ‘What must I do?’ and he told me to go to waterpolo.
“I played first team in the fourth form, which in those days was unheard of. I was still under-15. I went on and played SA Schools in 1980 and I captained SA Schools in 1981. I never looked back.
Andrew captained the South African Schools waterpolo team of 1981.
“One day I asked Nico what happened with my situation at DHS. He said he went to the Headmaster after the tour and said to him, ‘Mr Thompson, what takes preference, first team waterpolo or under-15 A cricket?’, so Spike told him it was obviously first team waterpolo. Nico said ‘Shedlock’s in the first team’. That’s how he got around me being able to give up cricket.
“Funnily enough, I became the reference, not only for DHS, but also for other schools. When guys wanted to give up, they would point to Shedlock at DHS, who was able to do it. People after that used me as an example.”
Andrew Shedlock and Steve la Marque proudly display their SA Schools’ colours.
After school, Andrew went to Stellenbosch University. As part of his degree, he did a level two cricket coaching course. Later, when he returned to Durban, he did a level three course.
During his time at Stellenbosch, in 1986, he also represented the South African men’s waterpolo team. In 1989, he completed his studies, having qualified as a biokineticists. He needed to do an internship and, fortuitously, the man he did it under was Richard Turnbull. Turnbull had earned himself a highly respected reputation and, as a result of that, was involved with both the Natal cricket and rugby teams.
While at university, Andrew was selected for the South African men’s waterpolo team in 1986.
Andrew, who was living in Durban, drove up to Pietermaritzburg every day to work with Turnbull, who, besides running a successful gym, Body Dynamics, where a number of other biokineticists were doing their internships, also worked in the Sports Office at the local university. Future international cricket coach Graham Ford worked there too. When Turnbull decided to set up a Body Dynamics Gym in Durban at Collegians Club, he chose Andrew to run it.
Back in Durban, cricket again entered Andrew’s life. “I got involved with the Natal cricket side. In those days, Mike Procter was the coach. Kim Hughes was the captain. There were guys like Peter Rawson, Neville Daniels, and Rob Bentley. I became friendly with Kim, and the Aussies were probably a bit more advanced than us in those days [in how they utilised sports science]. Fitness was quite a thing for him, so he used to come into the gym quite often and encouraged all the other guys to come.
“In 1990, Richard [Turnbull] worked closely with Ian MacIntosh and the Natal rugby side (which was, of course, the first year that Natal won the Currie Cup). Because Richard couldn’t come to Durban that often, I used to deal with a lot of the rehabilitation of the players. That year I rehabbed Dick Muir when he injured a hamstring, Jeremy Thomson popped a shoulder, and Wahl Bartmann was another player I worked with. I did the rehab for a lot of those Natal players. Biokinetics in those days wasn’t a recognised profession. It was really, really tough.
At that time, too, Andrew was still playing top level waterpolo. In fact, the next South African national team to tour internationally after the ground-breaking cricket tour of India in 1992 was the waterpolo side and it was not a gentle introduction.
“We went to a pre-Olympic waterpolo tournament in 1992 in Hungary and played against Hungary, the USA, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and Italy [who would go on to claim Olympic gold],” Andrew recalled. “We played against all the teams that were two months out from the Olympic Games, so they were peaking and those were their Olympic sides.”
Six members of the Natal waterpolo team of 1992 were selected for the national team, including Andrew Shedlock.
By then, Andrew had also moved to the Health and Racquet Club in La Lucia. Then, Graham Ford took over from Mike Procter as Natal cricket coach.
“Because of his association with Richard at Maritzburg University, Graham wanted Richard to work with him,” Andrew said. “But Richard couldn’t because, being in Maritzburg, he couldn’t get down to Durban all the time. So I went and helped. I used to go to practices and warm-ups for games.
“On Saturdays and Sundays, during a four-day game in Durban, I would be there and act as a fitness assistant. There were players like the legendary Malcolm Marshall, Clive Rice, Peter Rawson, and then our local talent which included Andrew Hudson, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Errol Stewart, Neil Johnson, Dale Benkenstein, Mark Bruyns and Doug Watson.
Being around the players so much proved to be a valuable learning experience. “In those days, you spoke cricket. Can you imagine sitting next to Marshall, Rawson, and Rice? Sometimes we would leave the ground at 19:00 or 20:00, having listened to these guys’ stories until it was late.”
After some time, Graham Ford asked Andrew if he would be interested in working as a full-time trainer out of the Natal Cricket Union’s indoor centre. He said a gym would be added on the side. Andrew agreed to it and turned his sole focus to cricket.
It was an interesting time. Under the leadership of Malcolm Marshall, the approach of the Natal team was changing. Some players, like Marshall, were full-time professionals, while others, like Peter Rawson, Mark Logan and Errol Stewart, held down jobs, which meant different practices times for different players. In addition, a number of Natal players had to travel from the Pietermaritzburg daily to attend practices. There was a period of adjustment needed.
The Dolphins celebrate winning the Standard Bank One Day Cup in 1996/97.
It also became a valuable learning environment for Andrew. He said: “Fordie would go and throw and he would, for example, say Jonty was coming in for a net and I would throw to him. I had quite a strong arm from playing waterpolo and I got the nickname ‘Wayward Wally’. Every time Fordie would coach I watched and listened. It got to the stage where guys would ask me to throw to them when Fordie was busy. I got to teach myself about the game.
“I had guys in those days, like Jonty and Andrew Hudson, while Lance [Klusener] and Polly were coming through. Often when I threw to them, those guys knew their games, so they taught me what to look for. I learned and developed.”
In 1998, Graham Ford joined the Proteas as an assistant coach to Bob Woolmer. When he did that, he asked Andrew to take over the Cricket Academy at Kingsmead. Andrew subsequently took charge there and started coaching the under-19 team, while staying involved with the senior side. During that period he also built up a particularly strong relationship with another former DHS boy, Lance Klusener, and Jonty Rhodes.
Andrew hanging out with Lance Klusener. He built up a particularly close relationship with the DHS Old Boy during his time with Natal cricket.
“They would have no one else coach them, no one else throw to them other than me,” Andrew said. “I spent a lot of time with Lance prior to the 1999 Cricket World Cup, and also with Jonty.”
Klusener, of course, went on to be named Player of the Tournament at the Cricket World Cup after a string of devastating match-winning performances. The South African challenge, sadly, ended in the semi-finals when, after playing to a thrilling tie against Australia, they were eliminated from the tournament.
“Lance and Jonty taught me a lot,” Andrew said. “I would get a phone call from Lance from the West Indies, for example, and he would ask if I had watched him bat and how did he do. If I didn’t watch, he would shit all over me.
“Through the course of time, people like [DHS old boy] Hashim Amla came through the system. [DHS old boy] Imraan Khan came through the system, and people like Mark Bruyns, Doug Watson, and [Zimbabwe international all-rounder] Neil Johnson. Natal was a formidable team. It was great to be involved with them.”
Change is inevitable, though, and one day, in 2003, it announced itself. “A letter got slipped under my door to say thank you very much, but your services are no longer required. I was a bit upset and I tried to fight it, but I was fighting a losing battle.”
Resetting, that same year, in March, he set up the Shedders Cricket Academy. It has been in operation ever since. Andrew explained: “I started at DPHS. From there I moved and coached from home. Then I ended up at Northwood for 10 years.” There he served the school as a professional coach, assisting all teams. He was subsequently appointed the Director of Cricket and also coached the 1st team.
Gareth Orr (right) was one of the first boys Andrew coached when he started his cricket academy in 2003. Gareth went to Maritzburg College, played for KZN Inland, and then went to study at the University of Pretoria. When he decided to start playing cricket again in 2020, he once more turned to Andrew for coaching.
After leaving Northwood, he moved to DHS. The Shedders Cricket Academy now operates out of DHS and, coming full circle, DPHS, where it all began.
Reflecting on his manner of work, his coaching style, and what he has to offer as a coach, Andrew said: “One advantage I’ve always felt I had was that I had played international sport and I knew the pressures of playing at that level.
“I feel a lot of my coaching is focused on motivation, encouragement, and positive reinforcement. Cricket is one of those sports where it is so technical that you can find a fault with every shot or ball. I try to avoid that and make it a lot more positive.”
Interestingly, his coaching has also impacted on some prominent England internationals. Craig Roy, had played provincial and international waterpolo with Andrew, so when Craig’s son, Jason, was starting to make his mark with Surrey he arranged for him to come out to South Africa to spend six weeks with Andrew to work on his game. It wasn’t the last time Jason, who went on to earn his England colours as a hard-hitting top order batsman, sought out his coaching.
Andrew has worked closely with England international Jason Roy, the son of his former waterpolo team-mate Craig Roy.
Kevin Pietersen, too, when he was in the wilderness in Natal cricket, before his move to England where he became a mainstay of the national side, turned to Andrew for coaching and that resulted in many hours spent at Kingsmead with the pair working on Kevin’s game.
Andrew also spent time coaching future England one-day international captain Eoin Morgan, and that led to one of the few regrets of his coaching career. He said: “I worked a little bit with Eoin when he came out and spent six months at Saint Henry’s as a schoolboy. It was at a time that [future Proteas’ assistant coach] Adrian Birrell was just finishing off as the Ireland coach and Ireland were trying to persuade Eoin Morgan to keep his Irish citizenship and play for them. I worked with him and I got offered a job at Malahide Cricket Club, which is now a test venue for Ireland cricket. You look back and wonder what if I had taken the job?”
Cricket, though, did take him abroad to the hot bed of India and it almost resulted in a position in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). “I got quite involved in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), which was the one that got banned,” he said. “I was coaching in that league and I had a phone call from [the first chairman and commissioner of the IPL] Lalit Modi prior to the IPL starting, but we were already down the road with the ICL. You look at those things [and wonder], but I have no regrets.”
One of the true greats of the game, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, with Andrew at the 2016 Masters Champions League.
Nowadays, as CEO of the DHS Foundation, Andrew has an office on the school’s grounds and the Shedders Cricket Academy makes use of the High Performance Cricket Centre, coaching in and around school practices. He is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the Academy, but takes the occasional session. He has three coaches in his employ.
Still, coaching provides him with a sense of satisfaction. “It is a lot about motivation and encouragement, about boys enjoying themselves and the time they spend with me.
“I’m very happy to coach a boy that plays in the under-11 D team and the very next session I will coach a provincial player. It’s about adapting, and I get as much enjoyment out of coaching the under-11 D players as I do out of coaching first team or provincial players,” he commented.
He feels encouraged and is so positive by what is currently happening at DHS. “DHS is most definitely on the up and, crucially, DHS is gaining the confidence of its Old Boys again. Boys and parents alike are now choosing DHS, where not too long ago they might not have even considered it as an option. Our academic structures are constantly improving, and our sport is again starting to compete at top levels.”
“There are so many good things that are happening at DHS, for example, the introduction of Cambridge and the Nonpareil extension programme,” Andrew said.
“Under the school’s leadership of Tony Pinheiro and his staff, it is so pleasing to see where his team has taken the school to in such a short period of time. I am not just standing and preaching it, it is genuinely happening. The school is constantly evolving and looking for ways to improve. We all market our school with passion. We are getting there. Our numbers are up, our boarding establishment is full and as mentioned earlier, DHS now offers the Cambridge system.”
While Andrew now focuses on his work with The DHS Foundation and his passion for DHS, the legacy of Shedders Cricket Academy continues in the capable hands of his son Ross (seen here on the occasion of his last match for the DHS 1st XI) and his loyal and dedicated coaches who, overseen by Andrew, continue to coach cricket with the same coaching principles of passion, hard work and positive coaching mentality.
DHS and Westville did battle in the water polo pool in Durban on Thursday, writes KZN10.com’s Brad Morgan, with Westville claiming the honours in clashes between the U14A, U15A, 2nd and 1st teams.
Leading up to the main game, DHS made Westville work hard in each of the contests, but each time the visitors managed to put together a decisive chukka to claim the honours.
With a dominant opening half, the visiting Westville 1st team was able to come away with a deserved victory over a plucky DHS line-up (all images by Brad Morgan).
Quality Clifton 1st waterpolo outgun gutsy Kearsney
In the U14A game, Westville finished strongly to record a 12-2 victory, in a contest which had been a lot closer until the finishing stages.
The U15A sides went blow for blow until the last chukka, when Westville scored 3 unanswered goals to break open a tight game to claim a 9-4 win.
After Westville had opened a small early lead in the 2nd team showdown, DHS fought back to reduce the deficit to 2-3, but Westville, as their younger age-group teams had done, finished well to secure a 6-3 victory.
In the clash of the first teams, Westville started confidently, forcing DHS into numerous errors with some stifling defence.
That, allied with strong play upfront, saw the visitors roar out to a 4-1 lead after the 1st chukka.
It didn’t get better for DHS in the 2nd chukka either, as Westville looked sharp, tacking on a further 4 goals without response.
At 8-1 down at halftime, DHS looked as if they were on their way to a hiding, but credit to the home team – a side made up mostly of grade 10 boys, according to DHS Director of Sport Nathan Pillay – as they powered their way back into the contest after the break.
Forcing turnovers and then hitting Westville with rapid counter-attacks, they ripped off 4 unanswered goals before the visitors were able to find a response.
It was 10-5 at the end of the 3rd chukka and when the teams shared the honours 2-2 in the final chukka it ended 12-7 to Westville.
Ultimately, it was a convincing Westville win, but DHS will take heart from a spirited showing in the 2nd half of the contest.
1st DHS 7-12 Westville
2nd DHS 3-6 Westville
U15A DHS 4-9 Westville
U14A DHS 2 -12 Westville
In a much-anticipated clash, the Kearsney College first team played host to water polo powerhouses Clifton College on Saturday.
Clifton, fresh from a tournament in Grahamstown, settled quickly into their stride.
Kearsney created some good scoring chances in the first half, but were ultimately undone by solid defence and the wrong options being taken a few too many times.
Brad Morgan feature photo: IT’S THERE FOR THE TAKING!
The clinical Clifton side punished each Kearsney mistake to take the score to a commanding 7-1 at the halftime break.
Kearsney College came out strong in the 3rd chukka, showing composure and heart to claw back into the game and were trailing by 4 goals at 4-8 with a chukka to play.
With all-out attack and risk-taking the imperative in attempting to haul in the 4-goal deficit in that last chukka, it was a bridge to far for the home team as Clifton comfortably contained the threat in conceding 1 goal while adding 4 of their own to finish the markedly stronger team in this encounter at the final scoreline of 12-5.
On the plus side for Kearsney, many lessons were learnt at the hands of this quality Clifton outfit.
All in all it was a successful day for Clifton water polo.
2nds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 2
3rds: Clifton 10 Kearsney 3
4ths: Clifton 15 Kearsney 3
5ths: Clifton 10 Kearsney 4
U15A: Clifton 6 Kearsney 1
U15B: Clifton 10 Kearsney 8
U14A: Clifton 12 Kearsney 0
With many of the schools in the KZN10 water polo fraternity involved in the big boys galas over the weekend allot of the KZN10 fixtures were rescheduled for during the week.
The eagerly anticipated match-up between Clifton College and Hilton College (featured image) finally took place after Cliftons water polo forays took them out of the province last week.
Northwood vs Michaelhouse
An encouraging sign for Michaelhouse as both U15A and U14A record good victories.
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|Ave Goals||4||6||Ave Goals|
Michaelhouse vs Maritzburg College
Maritzburg College sweeps the open age group but Michaelhouses juniors come on strong with some fine performances at home.
|Win Ratio||38%||75%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||5||5||Ave Goals|
Northwood vs Westville Boys
Westville shows its pedigree in scoring twice as many goals as Northwood. Northwood shows some nice depth in the open age group.
|Win Ratio||38%||63%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||8||15||Ave Goals|
Clifton College vs Hilton College/St Charles College
An eagerly anticipated clash. The Hilton College junior teams through down the gauntlet earlier in the week but the Clifton College seniors responded with a well rounded, polished display.
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|Clifton College||vs||St Charles College|
|Win Ratio||75%||25%||Win Ratio|
|Ave Goals||6||6||Ave Goals|
With midterms coming up for allot of the schools, it means that its tournament time. From The Cape to Joburg and back to Durban our KZN10 boys will be busy flying the flag.
With a number of Water-polo fixtures happening during the week we have changed the format somewhat of our results page to give a far more rounded view to the KZN10 water polo results.
Northwood vs Glenwood
Pearson 2nd team tournament Port Elizabeth
St Andrew’s College Shield Tournament
Northwood vs Glenwood
Pearson 2nd team tournament Port Elizabeth
St Andrew’s College Shield Tournament
Clifton College vs Hilton College:
A good day for Hilton College won 5 lost 1 drawn 1
Kearsney College Vs Westville Boys:
Nice set of results for Kearsney against a quality Water Polo program. Victories in all the age group A teams with the 1st team capping off a great day for them.
Maritzburg College vs Glenwood:
A great set of results for Maritzburg College who started off the season pretty slowly but have gradually built some momentum. Played 9 Won 8 Lost 1.
Pearson 2nd team tournament Port Elizabeth
St Andrew’s College Shield Tournament
St Andrew’s College Shield Tournament
In the battle of for Water polo supremacy Clifton College dispatched Bishops in the semi-finals of the Tournament but unfortunately came up short against a great SACS side.
Hilton College vs Kearsney College 04+05 Feb
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Good set of results for Hilton, their impressive U14A’s keep marching on.
This weekends water polo action from across the KZN10, some first and second teams are away festivals so there are some gaps in the fixture lists.
Kearsney College vs Westville Boys
After last weeks cancellation of its Fixture against Clifton College, Kearsney head into this clash with Westville well rested and anticipating a good performance. Westville have been on a tear of late having had a successful fixture against Glenwood and will head to Bothas Hill in a confident mood.
Clifton College vs Hilton College
This promised to be a mouth watering prospect on offer in this match up as Hilton College, the standard bearers amongst the KZN10 Midlands Water polo schools, take on powerhouse Clifton College. But alas it appears that the clash at 1st and 2nd team level will have to take place another time as trips out of the province take up the time. Clifton 1st team are currently playing in the St Andrew’s College Shield Water Polo Tournament in Grahamstown and the 2nd team in the Pearson High School 2nd team boys Tournament in Port Elizabeth.
Clifton on the whole should be slight favourites playing at home in front of their passionate fans. Keep an eye on the U14A match as that has the potential for some great attacking polo.
Martizburg College vs Glenwood
Maritzburg College were firing on all cylinders this last weekend against St Charles College and would be looking to take their form into this game against Glenwood. Glenwood who had solid encounter with Northwood this week will want to build on their performance.
DHS vs St Charles College
DHS were very competitive in their last school fixture against Michaelhouse and would want to convert some of their opportunities into wins this weekend. St Charles will bounce back this weekend with allot of determination.
Northwood vs Michaelhouse
Northwood are having a workmen like season as the consistently build on their performances every week. Michaelhouse will be buoyed by their last outing. The fixture has been moved to the 6 February with the 1st team getting under away in the early evening.
Water Polo was also in action over this last weekend with all the KZN10 schools competing against each other.
Clifton VS Northwood
Clifton started the year off with a bang scoring a staggering 109 goals whilst conceding only 27. With 7 wins and 1 loss the bragging rights for this week belong to Clifton. Next up for the Northwood 1st team is a trip to Bloemfontein to take part in Itec Grey College 1st team water polo tournament whilst the rest of the school takes on HIlton College at home. Clifton head to Kearsney College
Glenwood VS Saint Charles
Glenwood water polo fared a little better than their Basketball counterparts by winning 2 drawing 1 and losing 1 against Saint Charles. It is worth noting that Saint Charles did not play the Glenwood 1st team. Next up for Glenwood is a battle of the blue bloods as they head to the Chad Le Clos aquatics centre to take on powerhouse Westville Boys who have swept aside Maritzburg College and Michaelhouse the last 2 weekends. Saint Charles take the short trip across the city to take College.
Kearsney VS DHS
A dominant display from Kearnsey as they won 4 lost 1 to DHS on the day, conceding only 15 goals but putting 59 goals past DHS. Next up for DHS is a trip to Michaelhouse, whilst Kearsney can look forward to Clifton College playing them at home.
Michaelhouse VS Westville
Michaelhouse showed some promise as their U14’s had some convincing wins. Overall on the day Michaelhouse won 4 and lost 5. Next up for Michaelhouse is DHS at home whilst Westville hosts Glenwood in midweek fixture on the 22 January 2019.
Hilton College VS Maritzburg College
Hilton showed once again that they are class act of the Midlands KZN10 schools with convincing day against College. Winning 4 drawing 4 and losing 1 doesn’t do justice to their dominance as their wins came with a combined score of 59 to 6. Next up for Hilton College is the long trip to Stellenbosch to take part in the Paul Roos festivall whilst the school takes on Northwood at home. College next host Saint Charles College
Westville VS Glenwood
Westville again highlighted their status as a water polo powerhouse with a convincing afternoon against visitors Glenwood. Westville on the day played 8 won 7 and lost 1, with an average wining margin of 11 goals to 3, indicating just how dominant they were from top to bottom.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
OK here’s the deal. You can make 440 for two declared on any given KZN10 Super Saturday but that’s not much use if you can’t then get the 10 wickets needed to win the match.
(Sure there’s the limited-overs format followed out of necessity and coupled with logistical issues – transport of groups of teams on any given KZN10 Saturday – but what I am getting at it is that we are aiming to develop wicket-taking bowlers not containment safety-first cricketers).
As one climbs the cricket ladder of age-groups, with its better-quality cricket and stronger opposition, by and large it’s the bowlers who (should) win matches, especially when backed by outstanding catchers and fielders. And a reasonable total supplied by your batters of course.
Feature image caption: Glenwood 2019 grade 12 Lifa Ntanzi had a stellar December/January, making the 2018 SA Schools and SA U19 Feb/Mar 2019 tour teams. Athletic, aggressive, accurate, fast bowler Lifa’s got the goods. RenateMontyPhotos
* Please note: No inference should be drawn that any of the players mentioned below or in the images below, are in some sort of over-training, over-bowling situation. The group represents just a smattering of the hugely promising KZN10 bowling talent we have in our midst and the intention is to recognise them for that talent by including them in this feature.
So, injury free; that’s what we want. If not, dreams could be in tatters in the blink of an eye.
Therefore, KZN10 felt it wise to consult an expert, in PMB-based physiotherapist Neil van Biljon, who has extensive experience in treating KZN schoolboy sportsmen and cricketers, particularly promising fast bowlers.
Neil: “Thanks Jono. I have firm views on the subject, having experienced first-hand in my practice what damage can be done if the teen-age fast bowler is not properly managed. And I am not just talking about high school boys. And not just about fast bowling.
“And it is not only fast bowlers; medium-fast, seam and swing bowlers, the primary school bowler too; the strain exerted on the bowling shoulder of the young, the teenage leg-spinner, the off-spinner, the strain on the hips and knees and so on of every bowler.
“And what I am going to point out under the next five headings can in most instances also be adapted and applied to many sports codes at schoolboy level.”
WHY WE TRAIN
Says Neil: “To provide the body with adequate load to enforce positive physiological adaptations; that is, improved fitness, skill levels and mental endurance.”
TOO HIGH A WORKLOAD
Says Neil: “Results in negative adaptions from the body (counter-productive) thus forcing the fast bowler to need a longer recovery phase. Worst-case scenario it brings about damage to soft-tissue structures.
“Resuming training to quickly after a period of training overload can result in further negative adaptations and the serious risk of Overtraining Syndrome (OTS).”
Says Neil: “The onus is on the fast bowler, his coaches, trainers, physios and the school sports scientists to track the player’s loading and try fit them into what is called the loading ‘sweet spot’ where the young fast bowler’s body is positively adapting to the load (i.e. getting fitter) and at the same time protecting the body from damage and overuse injuries.”
ADOLESCENT PACE BOWLERS AT HIGH RISK
Says Neil: “There are multi-factorial risk factors in this specific group of athletes.
“Vertebral growth plates have been shown to close from age 18 to as late as age 23 in extreme cases. As a general yardstick, though, we can assume in most cases that at age 19 this physeal closing has taken place almost completely.
“This, coupled with maximum bone-mass volume only being reached at around age 18 it does leave the younger fast bowler at high risk of lower-back stress fractures – particularly when they are put through high volumes of bowling week in and week out.
“A typical bowling action can exert up to 30 times your body weight’s worth of pressure through your lumbar spine. In fact, this is increased with bowlers who have a ‘mixed-on’ bowling action.”
Says Neil: “It goes without saying that ‘core strengthening’ in the off-season is crucial. In my opinion, better communication between health professionals and coaches is key.
“There are numerous ways to manage the bowler’s workload via Apps, questionnaires, or simply counting their overs bowled in a week.
“All bowlers are different and need to be managed individually. Interestingly enough, ‘low workload’ can be just as detrimental to the bowler as too high a workload.
“The key times when injuries tend to be a problem can also be after a long, relatively inactive off-season or after a long injury layoff .
“Coming back to training at high volumes can be dangerous. The basic rule of thumb is low-intensity training that includes low volumes of overs bowled that is then supplemented with a 10% increase per week.”
BOTTOM LINE, says Neil
“Listen to your body. Consult a professional immediately if anything feels out of the ordinary. The body tends to give warning signs ahead of major injuries. These warning signs must be taken seriously by you.
“Prevention is always better than cure.”
Jono says: Brilliant advice, Neil. I suffered from a major back injury as a 13/14-year-old opening bowler and it put paid to any thoughts of bigger things.
There is so much promising talent out there on any given KZN10 Super Saturday and it would be a crime to see it denied due to inadequate knowledge.
This may indeed turn out to be the most intrinsically valuable KZN10 story yet.
In KZN10 terms, when one talks talent, one need look no further than the Hilton College bowling attack of what was a stellar 2018 first XI year.
Opening bowlers John Turner and Michael Booth, seam and swing bowler Tom Dixon, left-arm orthodox spinner Michael Frost, leg-spinners Colby Dyer and James Ritchie, off-spinner Michael Sclanders.
Such was the effectiveness of this remarkably varied bowling arsenal one wonders if it stands out among the best seen at schoolboy level in years.
That five of the seven are back in this 2019 year is a prospect to savour – and has already been experienced by yours truly in two matches to date.
But I digress. The punch line here is that in 2018, almost invariably, from match to match, John Turner and particularly Michael Booth knocked over two or three top-order wickets in the first 7 or 8 overs.
This regular match situation afforded Hilton captain James Ritchie the opportunity to maintain attacking fields – and the time and run-space for Dixon, Dyer, Frost, Sclanders and the skipper to weave their destructive webs.
The good news is that the Hilton bowlers aren’t the only leather flingers of note that we will – and are already seeing – on the green fields of the KZN10 at this early stage of the 2019 year.
I could do the rounds among the schools but for brevity’s sake – and to get back to the point of this story – here are just one or two more examples of what we can, and are already, witnessing in 2019.
St Charles College have promising talent in abundance in the form of Kian Channon, Cameron Spangenberg and Keegan Crawford, especially now that they each have a minimum of one year’s first XI experience in the memory bank.
Maritzburg College fast bowler Mondli Khumalo is another, as are Northwood’s 2019 captain Jeremy Martins, fellow Northwod Knight Andile Mokgakane the SA U19 all-rounder, and young all-rounder Cade Carmichael of Kearsney College.
And from 2018, Kearsney left-arm opening bowler Carl Heunis, and Westville captain & right-arm paceman Matthew Pollard.
And what more can one say of SA Schools 2018 and SA U19 Feb/March India tour selection, the then grade 11 and now grade 12 talent that is Lifa Ntanzi of Glenwood.
Extremely quick, a natural athlete if ever there was one, deadly accurate and a snorter of a bouncer, Lifa is definitely a shining star-in-the-making to watch.
Michaelhouse’s U19 Cricket World Cup paceman Fraser Jones, 2019 St Charles College captain and Zimbabwe U19 off-spinner Wessly Madhevere, joint Player of the 2018 Junior World Cup…
There are more.
We in KZN are fortunate to blessed with so much talent.
Roll on 2019 KZN10 cricket!
Kearsney College’s 1st water polo team were hosted by St Charles College on Saturday and started with a pressure defence to try to force St Charles into making mistakes.
Tracey van den Aardweg feature image: First team vice-captain Nic Baines leaves Kearsney with 100 caps.
Kearsney were rewarded almost immediately with a counter-attack goal.
That became the pattern for the rest of the chukka, with Kearsney scoring 6 goals with no reply.
In the 2nd chukka St Charles were more careful on their attack and made Kearsney work harder on defence.
Still the Kearsney counter attack was too quick and their shooting too accurate for St Charles and they scored another five goals in the 2nd chukka.
Kearsney showed their mental and physical fitness by completely dominating the 3rd chukka, scoring well-worked team goals on every attack, to take the score to 19-0.
The 4th chukka was a little scrappy, with Kearsney being impatient and making a few mistakes, allowing St Charles to score their first goal of the game.
Kearsney were still far stronger, though, and scored another 4in reply, with Ox Carmody rounding off his tally of 6 goals in the game.
The final score of 23-1 was a fitting end to the stellar school careers of captain Taine Buys and vice-captain Nic Baines, who both earned 100 1st team caps and have been exemplary players for Kearsney.
WITH the traditional Clifton 1st team “anthem” by Eminen playing in the background, the Clifton vs Westville final was good to go in the Clifton JAM Water Polo Tournament at the well-appointed Clifton Aquatics Centre in Morningside, Durban Monday afternoon.
Both teams were in good form going into the title match but it was the host school who played the better polo in the moment and the upshot was a convincing 15-7 win which further underlined the school’s prowess in the sports code of water polo.
The victory sees Clifton having won 9 of the 14 renditions of this SA Schools water polo showpiece since its inception in 2005.
In 3rd place were St Stithians and in 4th place St Albans College.
Well done to all the teams and we can’t wait to see you next year!
SEE the Day 4 playoff classification results in the graphic below.
A heartfelt thanks to JAM Clothing www.jamclothing.co.za for sponsoring the JAM Clifton Water Polo Tournament!
Clifton JAM Water Polo Tournament Winners
2005 Maritzburg College
2006 St Johns
2011 St Johns
|JAM CLIFTON WATER POLO
|FINALS: 1 OCTOBER 2018|
|10||KES||5||vs||9||JAM (Clifton 2nd)||6|
|4||St Alban’s||3||vs||3||St Stithians||8|